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Photography/did Matthew Brady start like this?

Updated on August 21, 2014
most homes had a Brownie
most homes had a Brownie

Ahh, the memories...

"Stand still!" "Don't rub your nose." "Hold it..." click "Did I close my eyes?" Been there, done that. I just started taking pictures some 50 years ago, I guess; but I wonder... Did Matthew Brady or Ansel Adams start out like that too? Such words of encouragement and eloquence- "put your hand down"; 'don't pick your nose" or even "don't scratch there..." If you've ever taken a picture of a child, you've heard remarks like this and more. That's one thing I've grown to love over the years, the interesting comments people make in relation to photos as they are taken or after you show them the prints. I think my favorite of all times was when I took a picture of my friend at church. I spent hours dodging and removing background clutter, and when I presented him with the finished product, his comment was, "it doesn't look a thing like me!" Excuse me! I thought, who is that man standing there in your position and wearing your clothes?

When I was growing up there was just one camera per household..., now, everybody has one, or more. Even in our cell phones. We all seem to click away and the pix are not that bad, we seem to take a pride in being able to capture a mood or sentiment unique to the situation. Even the kids are 'snapping' and with digital formats and our computers now-a-days, it's easier than ever to catch that 'just right' pic and upload it to our computers, our TV's or just email it to our friends and family via our iPhone.

© 2010 SamSonS


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks so much stevbike for stopping by and making comment. Yes, I love digital and the modern changes but likewise miss the old darkroom and film method. Appreciated you taking the time to stop by, feel free to come back anytime. Good luck on your mission to take a pic a day in 2011...

  • stevbike profile image


    7 years ago from Newbury, Ontario, Canada

    Although digital picture taking is far more flexable, I too miss the old dark room days. I am currently working on a project taking a picture a day for the year of 2011. This use of digital photograghy is making my life far easier to manage it.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Tennessee

    Welcome to HubPages, and thanks Matthew for the follow and the kind words about my 'first ever'hub. That was almost one year ago and lots of things have changed.

    I still remember those old days of B/W film. Load and unloading the cartridges in toltal darkness. Developing in DK-50, drying the film, enlarging, dodging etc. I miss it too, but still like the digital change.

    come back and visit, anytime...

  • MatthewDavenport profile image


    7 years ago from Warsaw, MO

    i recall many of those statements myself. Heard a few, said a few. Like it, reminds me of those old days in photo class, using black and white from the loading of the cartridge, to the finished product. Kinda miss it...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    Hi GeneralHowitzer, and thanks for the comment. I feel honored... I started reading your Hubs this afternoon and couldn't pull myself away. You are a true master at writing hubpages and I signed up to follow your progress. Blessings to you & yours.

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    Gener Geminiano 

    8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

    great Samsons and I love your pix and short yet compelling article... Thanks for reminding me the word eloquence it is such a lovely word...

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    Hi Bolthorn and thanks for the comment... sad to say but the new digital cameras are much superior & faster than the old style cameras where you had to set the exposure, take the picture, develope the negative, dry then print and develop the print.

  • Bolthorn profile image


    8 years ago

    I know nothing of photography. Would you say there are any advantages to the old-school cameras, or are the modern digital ones superior on all levels?


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